Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that 200 bags of cement donated to Ghana National Fire Service have been diverted to a private shop, Charteh Enterprise.
Investigations revealed that 136 bags of the cement have been sold, according to Corruption Watch, a Ghanaian anti-graft coalition.
A visit to the shop, which is located at Tema Mahean, a two-minute walking distance from the Fire Station, showed that business was going on as usual.
The bags of cement were intended to be used in the building of offices by the Tema New Town District Command of the Ghana National Fire Service.
This was as a result of a request, written in 2017, by the Fire Service to the Ghana Cement Foundation, with respect to the project.
According to the District Officer (DFO) Naomi Quarshie, she applied for and received the 200 bags of cement on behalf of the GNFS but was quick to add that the cement bags never made it to the storeroom or warehouse either at the district, regional or national level.
“The purpose for which I applied of the cement has not been achieved,” she revealed.
The Acting Director for Strategy and Corporate Affairs for GHACEM, Solomon Ayiah who was not impressed with the developments has assured the general public that the company will conduct an independent internal investigation based on the findings of Corruption Watch.
The Public Relations Officer of the GNFS, Mr. Okoe, responding to the investigations, disclosed that per the policy of the institution, donations received at any district office must be transferred to the regional and then to the national offices, if they both lack the facility to store the donations received.
According to him, the Fire Service follows the Public Procurement Law for storage hence a breach of procedure has a punitive measure to be meted out to all culprits.
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